New Order have released the first taster from their upcoming album Music Complete.
Restless is available as an instant download with preorders of the band’s tenth studio collection which will hit digital retailers on 25 September, and includes collaborations with Elly Jackson from La Roux (Tutti Frutti), Brandon Flowers (Superheated) and Iggy Pop (Stray Dog). An eight piece deluxe edition vinyl box set is due to follow on 20 November.
New Order’s last album, 2013’s Lost Sirens reached #23 on the UK album chart and featured previously recorded but unreleased tracks, making Music Complete their first set of new material since 2005’s Waiting For The Sirens’ Call, which spawned three hit singles – Krafty, Jetstream and the record’s title track – which peaked at numbers 8, 20 and 21 on the UK Top 40 respectively.
Listen to Restless below and preorder the Music Complete here.
Whilst Markus Feehily’s terrific debut solo single Love Is A Drug may have just fallen short of making the UK Top 40 in April (it reached #55 when streams were factored in), it certainly showed that the former Westlife star is still one of the UK’s most vocally talented exports.
The Irish singer’s latest release Find My Way sees him going one step further, and displaying an adaptability that may surprise those willing to quickly write him off as just another ex-boybander looking for a career renaissance.
Available as a free download from his official website, Find My Way is a dancefloor traversing slab of bustling electronics and 90s house beats, boosted by the presence of the 35 year old’s towering, almost diva-like soul vocals and it gives us a good idea of what to expect from his upcoming debut studio album.
Whilst this track won’t feature on the record, Markus has confirmed on Twitter that work has now finished and that it’ll be released later this year.
Bon Jovi will release their thirteenth studio album Burning Bridges on 21 August and earlier today, to coincide with its preorder launch, the American rock favourites premiered the official lyric videos for two new songs Saturday Night Gave Me Sunday Morning and We Don’t Run.
Both tracks are available as instant downloads with preorders and were co-written by Jon Bon Jovi and Grammy Award-winning producer John Shanks, whilst former Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora is also credited on Saturday Night, having contributed to the songwriting process before he left the band’s line up in 2013.
Burning Bridges will be released to coincide with an upcoming international tour that kicks off on 11 September. It serves as the follow up to their US chart-topping LP What About Us which reached #1 on the Billboard 200 two years ago.
Brothers is the latest release from Manchester-based band AFFAIRS and the follow up to their debut single Blood Science.
From the off-set, Brothers brings out the big guns as a glistening display of chiming synths disperse, giving way to electro-washed guitars, pummelling drums, and lead singer James Robinson’s commanding vocals. Emotive and compelling, it’s the kind of ambient, arena-ready production that makes you long to hear it live.
And if you’re at the Humber Street Sesh Festival in Hull today (1 August), you can do just that as AFFAIRS will be returning to play at the city where four of the members went to university. They’ll also be playing in Manchester on 4 September. For more ticket details, head to their official website.
Classic should have been a much bigger hit for The Knocks and Powers last year but, in the end, its potential for brilliance didn’t translate in to commercial success. Luckily for us, the track has been dusted off for a 2015 reworking, this time featuring some additional vocal licks from New Jersey rapper Fetty Wap, and landing slap bang in the sunny months.
Perfect timing then, because the deliciously-delivered Classic is ideal material for your summer soundtrack with its sun-kissed electronics, funky, disco-come-calypso beats and beach-perfect pop lyrics.
Download the new version of Classic here or go grab The Knocks’ So Classic EP which the NY duo worked on with Del Rio from Powers, and also features the brilliant disco-belter Collect My Love feat. Alex Newell [itunes link here].
The chances are, if you don’t live in New Zealand, you won’t have heard this brilliant single from Avalanche City – aka Auckland-based singer-songwriter Dave Baxter.
And that’s truly a sad thing because Inside Out is by far one of the most spine-tinglingly beautiful and emotionally-resonating releases that I’ve heard this year. A sleeper hit here in NZ, the acoustic folk number received its first outing back in April during a mesmerising live performance on X Factor but it wasn’t until earlier this month – eight or so weeks later – that it secured the singer-songwriter his second NZ chart topper – his first being the 2011 single Love Love Love.
Taken from Avalanche City’s recently released sophomore album We Are For The Wild Places, Inside Out is an emotional tale of a broken relationship – one that digs deep under the skin and brings to the fore its aching sense of irreparable loss and desolation, via a combination of expertly-crafted musical arrangements and Baxter’s immersive delivery and heart-rending lyrics.
Don’t let it pass you by, unheard. Watch the Chris Lane-directed music video, which received its YouTube premiere today, below.
It’s been a few years since we’ve heard new material from former X Factor UK alumni Aiden Grimshaw who was last seen touting a rebranded electropop persona under the guise of just Aiden, with a snake draped around his neck.
Nineteen months on from releasing his free Dimitri Tikovoi-produced, self-titled EP, the 23 year old Blackpool native is back with a brand new song called Virtually Married, which received its official premiere earlier today.
“The track is a brief insight into my trip to Spain to work with artist-producer MEMEB,” says Aiden. “Virtually Married places emphasis on how quickly everything can change & once there is change, you struggle to remember how it was before.”
Boasting a throbbing electronic bassline, jangling percussion and snares and mid-tempo, Balearic-styled electronic beats, Virtually Married is an impressive return from the singer whose debut LP Misty Eye reached #19 on the UK album chart back in 2012.
Syron has a very good song on her hands with Talkin’ Crazy – the follow up to her debut All I Need which came out in May.
“It was just a session we put together through Mistajam and it went super well” says the South East Londoner – rather modestly – about her new release. “We got a track down really quickly and want to get it out just as quickly!”
Both songs will feature on an EP that is “all about aspects of romance and love“, she promises. “It’s got some great dancefloor feels…”
For now though, be prepared for this to blow up big. It’s already gaining radio play in the UK and, with its mainstream pop hooks and very now dance vibes, it’s not hard to envisage this giving the former Rudimental/Tensnake/Redlight singer the first massive solo hit of her career.
Catch the official music video for Talkin’ Crazy below and here is the iTunes link.
Drive is the debut single from up-and-coming UK singer-songwriter Alex Maxwell.
The track was penned by the 21 year old Londoner with Joe Henson and Alexis Smith, aka The Flight, who have previously co-written and produced for the likes of Lana Del Rey (You Can Be The Boss) and Say Lou Lou (Fool of Me).
Maxwell’s celestial vocals dominate the slow-burning slice of shuddering electronica, traversing shades of fragility and urgency and becoming increasingly layered with atmospheric backing calls that pierce through the rumbling echoes of nocturnal percussion.
And, as Drive approaches its generous final act, one that’s awash with emerging bursts of synths and bubbling electronics, it gives an even clearer idea of the talent involved, leaving a lasting impression that this won’t be the last you hear from this one particular newcomer on the music scene.
Download Drive from iTunes now and stream away below.
Sam Sparro has two new EPs coming out later this year, and this evening he premiered his new track Hands Up from the first one on BBC Radio 1. The electronic dance track will feature on Quantum Physical Volume 2, the long-awaited follow up to Quantum Physical Volume 1 (which you can check out here) which came out back in October 2013.
The last time we wrote about Sam, it was about the superb Stay In Love, a collaboration with New York DJ PLASTIC PLATES that landed on the internet back in February 2014. Hands Up not may not be as front-loaded with synths as that lofty gem, but it’s certainly bang on the money with where it’s at right now, with the Black and Gold singer’s smooth, enigmatic vocals layered over a throbbing electronic bassline, which gradually builds up in to a slam dunk of funk and dancefloor-beckoning beats.